The most common fleas to be found around your home are the cat flea, the dog flea, and the human flea.
Here we will cover the cat flea – Ctenocephalides felis
Cat fleas can actually be found on cats, dogs and humans but as the name suggests they primarily prefer cats. The adult female lays her eggs on the host, these then fall off in your home and will eventually hatch into yet more fleas. Environmental conditions can dictate when this will occur – they can be stimulated by movement and heat – which is why when getting rid of them it is so important to continue hovering after any treatment has been used. Eggs are commonly found under radiators or other heat sources.
Having a cat flea infestation is no reflection on the cleanliness of your home or indeed your pet as they are so easily picked up by any animal venturing outside. Once the flea is on your cat, and inside your home they are very difficult to get rid of.
A cat infested by fleas may behave erratically as they jump and scratch when bitten, running around the house trying to get away from their unwanted visitors. Flea bites can also cause pets irritation, as they do us, and hair loss has been known.
Unfortunately, fleas are carriers of many diseases and are thought to have contributed to the bubonic plague pandemic in the 1300s.
In the first instance if you suspect cat fleas you should contact your vet who will help you to treat your cat. You should then contact professional pest controllers to deal with the inevitable infestation within your home. Fleas can lay dormant for long periods of time and it can be months before you can be sure they are 100% eradicated.